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Friday, February 22, 2013


Whether you are using a 4, 12 or 16 type seasonal color system, you are generally starting with skin tone.  And then you are playing with how colors interact with your skin to bring out your vibrance.

Hair color and Eye color are really secondary to determining your season, though each school might differ on that.  Online we play a lot of attention to choosing ones type by hair color and eye color, but skin tone is difficult to fully determine accurately without draping.  We just go around that when we get obsessed with looking at all the seasons in images only.

To incorporate your secondary in moving from 4 to 12 or 16 seasons, you do blend or modify the colors in the palettes.

The other issue is personality is somewhat of an afterthought in Seasonal Color Analysis, if it correlates fine, if not, keep to your coloring.  Not so in the Typing systems like DYT.  Your personality should correlate with your type, even if the colors almost seem forced.

Whether you are using DYT, IE, Wright, Segerstrom, you have 4 Types.  That's it.  Very little is defined about secondaries.  Each Type system has a slightly different way to find your type.

Hair and eye color almost don't matter in Type systems.  In DYT, other facial features take precedence.  In IE, how certain shapes interact with your facial features is emphasized.
Type Secondaries

For one method, you stick to your dominant type for color palette and integrate your secondary with adjustments of design line and accessories.

Adding in Your Secondary

Some other thoughts on Secondary Energies 

 A reader comments,
 Ann has left a new comment on your post "16 Color System Palette guesses":  

"This would be a new way to correlate seasonal colors with the DYT system. In DYT, tints are T1, tones T2, shades T3 and hues T4. Not orthodox DYT, but an option for those who don't look good in their DYT colors."

Actually, what's interesting is they do not correlate.  There is more variety in the 4 categories. Within each hue/tint/tone/shade are all the seasons.  But I guess we actually do sort of agree, because it's a way to blend the colors to integrate secondaries.

Season DYT Hues Tints Tones Shades
Spring T1 (Tint) Clear Spring Light Spring Light Spring Soft Warm Spring
Summer T2 (Tone) Cool Summer Light Summer Soft Summer Light Soft Summer Deep
Autumn T3 (Shade) Warm Autumn Soft Autumn Light Soft Autumn Deep Deep Autumn
Winter T4 (Hue) Clear Winter Cool Winter Deep Winter Soft Deep Winter

  • I already correlate the DYT Types with the 12 Seasons as follows:

‎1/3 Warm Spring
warm spring 

1/2 Light Spring 
light spring 

1/4 Clear Spring
clear spring 

2/4 Cool Summer
cool summer 

2/1 Light Summer

light summer 

2/3 Soft Summer 
soft summer 
3/1 Warm Autumn 

3/4 Deep Autumn
deep autumn

3/2 Soft Autumn 
soft autumn 

4/2 Cool Winter
cool winter

4/3 Deep Winter
deep winter

4/1 Clear Winter
clear winter

This correlation of DYT and the 12 Seasonal Palettes is purely hypothetical and not endorsed by either system.   Probable connection between DYT and Color Analysis.

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Jane Leu Rekas, LCSW, CHt, writes a blog about seasonal color analysis and the four humors. She is certified in Color Me A Season color analysis and does Color Profiles individualized fabric fans online and in Hood River, Oregon.


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